Commencement 2018

The BU Law Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Track and Tennis Center. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony across the street on the Softball field. The All-University Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. on Nickerson Field. For more information on that ceremony, please visit this website.

This website will be updated as more information becomes available. Please refer to the links to left for information about all aspects of Commencement 2018. If you have any questions regarding commencement that are not answered after reviewing those links, please email Elizabeth Clancey at

Law School Convocation

When/Where: Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the Track and Tennis Center, 100 Ashford Street.

Line-Up: All graduates (J.D. and LL.M.) must be assembled no later than 8:00 a.m. The procession will move into the Track and Tennis Center at 8:30 a.m. and Commencement ceremonies will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Guests/Tickets: Doors to the Track and Tennis Center will open to family members and guests at 8:00 a.m. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring to Law Commencement. Tickets are not required for admission.

Student Speakers

JD Student Speaker, Kevin Smith

Kevin is a native of Wilson, NC and a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English and Political Science. As an undergraduate, he wrote for the campus newspaper and literary magazine and competed on the track team as a sprinter and member of relays that recorded multiple top-five finishes in ACC championship meets. In 2013, Kevin moved to Boston to advance his career in nonprofit fundraising. He also worked in the technology sector before entering law school in 2015.

Kevin has been a very engaged member of the BU Law community. He is the recipient of the Emmanuel Hewlett Award—named for the first black BU Law graduate, the award honors a student who exemplifies academic and service excellence. During law school, Kevin served as the co-president of the Black Law Student Association and as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Science and Technology. Under the advice of Professor Tamar Frankel, his student note focused on using the JOBS Act’s equity-based crowdfunding provision to increase capital access for underrepresented technologists and entrepreneurs.

Off campus, Kevin enjoys supporting local education initiatives and has acted as a judge for the Boston Debate League since 2014. He also remains involved in the Wake Forest community and has served as the Boston Alumni Club president.

In 2017, Kevin was part of a multidisciplinary team that won the Harvard Business School Pitch Black competition a hackathon-style event focused on developing solutions to issues currently facing underserved communities. The competition was co-sponsored by the City of Chicago, the Ford Foundation, and NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Kevin is an ardent Boston Celtics fan and an avid collector of rare sneakers and books. Last year, he was awarded by Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Research Center for a collection titled, “Who Will Survive In America?”

After graduation, Kevin will join Goodwin Procter as a corporate associate where he plans to focus on Technology, Emerging Companies, Venture Capital, and Private Equity. Kevin is the son of Sherreia (pronounced “Sher-eee-uh”) Jackson and Michael Smith. He has two siblings, Meredith and Derick.

LLM Student Speaker, Abd Gafur

Abd Gafur graduated summa cum laude from Airlangga University in Indonesia with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He also attended the Indonesian State College of Accountancy, focusing on state treasury issues.

Prior to coming to the Graduate Banking and Financial Law Program at the Boston University School of Law, Mr. Gafur held a staff position with Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, Office of the Directorate General of the Treasury, at the Ministry’s Jakarta headquarters. During his career in the Ministry of Finance, which has spanned twelve years, he has served in several State Treasury Offices across Indonesia overseeing the disbursement of funds as directed by the government budget. He has also drafted the Ministry’s current internal rules of procedure that are applied to all Ministry offices.

Early in his career he was a member of the team that prepared government budget reports. He has carried his interest in financial law into his personal life as a volunteer teaching the importance of anti-corruption law and public finance to elementary school children. His writing, however, is not all of a technical legal nature. In 2015, his first novel was published in Indonesia.


Immediately following the Law Convocation there will be a reception for graduates, their guests, and faculty  from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The reception will be across the street from the Track and Tennis Center, under a tent on the softball field. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

All-University Commencement

Commencement day activities begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 with a Baccalaureate Service in Marsh Chapel. All-University Commencement exercises begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are not required for admission to Nickerson Field. For more information, please vist BU’s All-University Commencement page.

Announcements (available in March)

Boston University School of Law Commencement announcements are specific to the law school’s ceremony. Please note that announcements received with regalia orders are specifically for the All-University Commencement ceremony.

LAW Announcements will be available in the following offices come March:

  • Student Affairs Office (Suite 503)
  • Registrar’s Office (Suite 502)
  • Career Development & Public Service Office (Suite 902)
  • Graduate & International Programs Office (Suite 1003)
  • Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law Office (Suite 1005)
  • Graduate Tax Program Office (Suite 1005)